To anyone considering doing a chalk board wall in their house here is something to consider: once you write on it, it will never be completely black again. It's not like a regular chalkboard where you can wipe it down and it's completely clean. There will always be residue.
Our wall has grown on me. I loved it at first and then hated it once it was written on. Today I loved it. It was D's birthday. He didn't ask for anything. We're fighting hard to get out of debt and I know he preferred peace of mind over another charge on the cards. The only things he asked for was a pizza and chocolate-peanut butter cupcakes....which just fyi, our neighbor's 6 year old just asked for the same thing for her birthday. Charming and funny.
As I shopped around for a cheap way to make his birthday special I realized I could skip on the birthday banner and write "happy birthday" on our chalk board wall. I did a little bit of a tiki themed font. D loves tiki. I do not. He wants large tiki heads in our backyard. Someone please explain to him how this is not right unless you have a Hawaiian villa. A little birthday tiki theme is my way of compromising.
My other creative feat of the day was his cake. Our 2.5 year old daughter would not let me make him cupcakes. She said it had to be a birthday cake so I made a chocolate-peanut butter cake. Once I got home I realized I sort of forgot a cake topper. Again, trying not to spend money which is why I "kind of" forgot. Instead I traced and cutout a bicycle icon on cardstock. I placed the card bicycle on the cake and dusted cocoa powder on top. I took off the bike stencil and taaada!!! My husband is a cycling fan. Tour de France is next month and he's gearing up by watching a race in Switzerland right now.
D, happy birthday! As I told you today; I feel you were made for me so today I feel special and lucky. When I look at our daughter I know it was all meant to be and I'm glad we are still together for her, for me, for you. I love our house. Thank you for finding it and working for us to grow in it.
Labels: dining room, painting